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When you say she gave you the title, what exactly do you mean?.
Did she give you an unsigned deed to the property?
Were you buying this under an agreement where she would transfer the deed once you completed making all the payments?
Ok, unfortunately from a purely legal perspective, if there was never a deed signed, then no legal change of ownership has occurred. A piece of real estate is conveyed and transfers ownership through a signed deed executed in front of a notary from the grantor to the grantee.
So to be very honest, an unsigned deed has no legal validity at all.
With this being the case here, if the friend made promises to repay you for any money you spent on her to pay taxes or for other things, and agreed to sell you the property if you took over payment, then your recourse would be to file suit against her for breach of contract if she is now refusing to honor the agreement or repay you and get a judgment against her. You could also file a "lis pendens" against the property, which is a formal notice of legal action. This would scare away any purchaser and allow you to file a lien on the property once you get a judgment against her.
Then you could foreclose on your lien on the property and force a sale to pay any judgment that you get against her for money damages.